A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Authors Guild files appeal in Google copyright claim

[JURIST] The Authors Guild [advocacy website] filed an appellate brief [text] on Friday, renewing its complaint that Google [corporate website] is violating copyright laws with its mass book digitization project. The brief, filed with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website], claims that Google's "Library Project" is scanning copyrighted works and making them available online without the copyright holders' consent, "driv[ing] potential book purchasers away from online book retailers, increas[ing] its advertising revenue, and stifl[ing] its competition." The original lawsuit was filed in 2005 with a settlement agreement reached in 2008 that was rejected [JURIST reports] by a federal judge in 2011. The Authors Guild has suggested that Congress instead establish a "National Digital Library" that would be available to schools, libraries, and other subscribing institutions.

The US Supreme Court [official website] in March ruled [JURIST report] that Static Control Components [corporate website] did not lack standing to bring a Lanham Act [text] claim in its copyright infringement suit against Lexmark [corporate website]. Earlier that month, Google and Viacom [corporate website] settled [JURIST report] a copyright infringement case relating to the posting of copyrighted material on Google's YouTube service. The Supreme Court in January granted review [JURIST report] for a case to determine the legality of Aereo's [corporate website] broadcast streaming service.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.